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City Wide Maintenance Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements At 2014 Annual Convention »

April 21, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: City Wide

Franchisees, Local Market Team Members and Corporate Leadership Collaborate to Continue Company's Position Atop the Building Maintenance Management Industry
April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // LENEXA, Kan. – The spirit of solidarity filled four days of productive educational and networking sessions during the 11th Annual City Wide Franchise Convention. Held recently at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center in St. Pete Beach, Fla., City Wide's largest convention to date serves as a symbol of the hard work and dedication of the entire franchise system.
"There's nothing like bringing the City Wide Franchise family together," said Jeff Oddo, president of City Wide. "We have an incredible group of talented business executives as franchisees...

Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location In Ventura County »

April 18, 2014 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: Archadeck
Archadeck Opportunities Available

RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Archadeck is excited to announce that Mike and Jamie Martin have opened a new Archadeck Outdoor Living franchise location servicing the Ventura County area of California.
Known as Archadeck of Ventura County, Mike and Jamie Martin will design and build custom outdoor living spaces for clients, including sunrooms, screened porches, decks, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, pergolas, poll decks, gazebos and more. Areas the Martins service include Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and all of Ventura County. "We are thrilled to bring Archadeck to the West Coast," said Jamie Martin. "We're excited to have this opportunity not only to help people realize the outdoor living space of their dreams, but to add value to their homes and quality of life...

Watermill Express Provides Free Water For National Lemonade Day »

April 18, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Colorado - Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up vendor of pure drinking water, along with the city of McAllen, Texas are teaming up to help enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of McAllen youth by aiding and teaching them how to start and run their own lemonade business.
Children who participate in National Lemonade Day will each be allowed to use 10 free gallons of Watermill Express water to start their lemonade business. Each child who shows their participant number at the 10th and Zinnia Watermill Express location in McAllen, Texas will be given 10 free gallons of water between Noon and 5pm on Saturday May 3rd. The children begin selling their product on Sunday May 4th throughout various locations in McAllen...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. To Announce First Quarter 2014 Results On April 30, 2014 »

April 18, 2014 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

Company to Present at the Baird 2014 Growth Stock Conference
HOUSTON - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday,April 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-695-0614 or for international callers by dialing 719-325-4855. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 6525661. The replay will be available untilMay 7, 2014. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.igniterestaurants...

Compensation Steadily Decreasing As Most Important Aspect Of Job Satisfaction »

April 18, 2014 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

As Revealed in Smith & Wilkinson's 5th Annual Commercial Lender Salary Survey
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Scarborough, ME - New data from Smith & Wilkinson, a leading banking executive search firm, indicates that a growing number of commercial lenders feel company culture and the ability to get along with team members are the most important components of job satisfaction. The firm's 5th Annual Commercial Lender Salary Survey sought to gain insight from commercial lenders throughout the Northeast, Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic relating to salaries, bonuses and raises segmented out and tied to tenure, location, bank ownership, and loan production. The survey polled 846 commercial lenders who were either team leaders or individual contributors...

New Jersey-Based Rainbow Academy™ Now Open In West Caldwell »

April 18, 2014 at 10:01AM PDT | Source: Rainbow Academy

Child Care Franchise Has Opened the Doors on its First Essex County Center – Which is Currently Enrolling Students Ages 6 Weeks to 10 Years; Plans Underway for Grand Opening Celebration on April 26
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // West Caldwell, NJ – What began in 1997 as one Rainbow Academy child care center has grown into a franchise of sixteen locations all across New Jersey – the latest of which is located in Essex County’s West Caldwell. Situated at 1104 Bloomfield Avenue, this newest Rainbow Academy is now open for business and enrolling students ages 6 weeks to 10 years. Rainbow Academy of West Caldwell is owned by a local pair of dedicated parents and finance professionals – Mike Drake and Suzanne Orsulak-Drake, and managed by Verona native and educational industry veteran – Gina Mariani-Chimento...

Bar Louie Celebrates 8 Years In Cleveland With 2-day Event »

April 18, 2014 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

CLEVELAND - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As they approach their 8th anniversary in the Cleveland area, Bar Louie announced today they are celebrating with a 2-day event on Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th. The blowout bash, which will take place at all three metro Cleveland locations is offering specials that have made them famous over the years, including $1 burgers and $1 domestic bottles. In addition, they'll be featuring all of their handcrafted martinis for only $2! Food specials will be available from open to close all day and drink specials until 9 p.m.
"Go big or go home," says Bar Louie Marketing Manager, Ashley Kouns. "Guests aren't going to believe what we have in store for them. It's our way of saying thank you to the people of Cleveland for the unbelievable support we've received over the last 8 years...

Newly Remodeled Sears Hometown Store Opens In Helena »

April 18, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Refreshed Look Allows Local Retailer to Expand Product and Service Offerings to Better Suit the Community's Needs
HELENA, Mont. - April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is pleased to announce that the Sears Hometown Store located at 3120 Dredge Drive in Helena, Mont. has recently undergone a remodel to better serve its customers.
Locally owned and operated by Sharon Kangas, the store now has a fresh look, coupled with the continued high-level service and products customers expect at the Helena Sears Hometown Store.
"The Helena community has been so great to us for the past 20 years, so we wanted to reinvest in our business to make it even better for local residents," said Kangas, whose store is known in the community for its pink tractor raffle in support of the St...

New Menchie's Store In Altoona Crossing Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities  »

April 18, 2014 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALTOONA, IA – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Altoona Crossing located at 3418 8th Street SW,Suite 1, Altoona, IA 50009. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become an Altoona favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 26 to Friday, May 2, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I was immediately blown away by the Menchie's concept when I was first introduced to the brand," said franchisee Greg Johansen...

Golden Krust - Taking Over Florida! »

April 18, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

April 2. 2014 - Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nations largest Caribbean franchise chain, this past weekend opened its twenty-second (22nd) restaurant location in the state of Florida at 318 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. President and CEO of Golden Krust, Lowell Hawthorne and Former Chief of Police for Orange County, current Orange County Mayoral Candidate - Val Demings, officially declared the restaurant open for business at the ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place on Saturday March 29th, 2014.
Central Florida residents from far and wide came out in numbers to celebrate with Golden Krust. Although the weather wasn't in their favor and the torrential rain fell, the grand opening was still a huge success. Loyal customers, friends and family endured the wind and rain and created an awesome atmosphere of celebration...

Big Rapids Sears Appliance & Hardware Receives Best Small Business Award »

April 18, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Retailer Recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center for Outstanding Performance and Job Creation
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - While some retailers are depleting their staffs and struggling to make profits, a Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Michigan has done the opposite and is being honored by a local organization for its outstanding growth. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring the Big Rapids store, located at 14305 Northland Drive, with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for successfully creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy.
The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013...

Pro Fleet Care Announces Second Dealer In Wisconsin »

April 18, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: Pro Fleet Care Franchising

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // PLAINFIELD, Wisconsin – Pro Fleet Care, a leader in the mobile fleet rust control industry, is pleased to announce its second dealer in Wisconsin. Mike Caves joins the Pro Fleet Care family as its newest dealer in the Central Sands area of Wisconsin.
Mike Caves is well suited to be a dealer for Pro Fleet Care. His experience includes agriculture equipment mechanic, machine operator and irrigation technician. Mike brings a mechanically inclined background. Having worked with trucks and equipment for many years, he has seen first-hand the physical and financial impacts of rust.
"Having worked with rusted trucks and equipment most of my life, fighting rust can be a real battle," explains Mike...

British Swim School Founder Awarded 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks" Award »

April 18, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Women's Prosperity Network Recognizes Top Women in Business
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Recently, the Women's Prosperity Network awarded British Swim School Founder, Rita Goldberg, a 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks Award," which honors women who exemplify a strong combination of resilience and heart and who have demonstrated these qualities in their professional lives as well as through their community involvement. British Swim School is a full service, year-round and indoor swim school franchise offering water safety survival and swimming lessons for babies from three months through adult.
British Swim School was founded in 1981, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale and is still run by Founder Rita Goldberg, a former national swimmer in Britain...

Heartland Pro Bono Council Honors Brent Taylor For Service To Homeless Residents »

April 18, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Indianapolis - Brent Taylor of Faegre Baker Daniels was honored with the 2014 Heartland Pro Bono Award in recognition of his many years of service with the Indianapolis Bar Association's Homeless Project.
Taylor has donated his time and legal expertise to the Homeless Project since its inception more than 20 years ago. The project facilitates visits by attorney volunteers to five local homeless shelters each month to offer pro bono legal advice and, at times, limited representation.
Through his work with the Homeless Project, Taylor has provided pro bono legal assistance to nearly 200 homeless shelter residents who could not otherwise afford counsel. His service has included representing residents at court hearings and drafting small claims petitions...

Visiting Angels Endorses IPCed's Dementia Care Training »

April 18, 2014 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Visiting Angels

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Living Assistance Services, Inc. (Visiting Angels), a national private duty network of home care agencies, has selected the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) as a preferred vendor to host and deliver Visiting Angels Dementia Care certification training using its proprietary learning management system. In addition to the specialty certification program, the preferred vendor relationship with IPCed will enable Visiting Angels to make cost-effective state compliance training opportunities available to franchise owners who choose to purchase IPCed’s training programs.
Visiting Angels and IPCed share the philosophy that caregiver training is vital to providing quality care and excellent in-home care services...

Dickey's Barbecue Now Smoking Low And Slow In Clarksburg »

April 18, 2014 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Newest West Virginia Location Gives Away a $500 Gift Card at Opening Party
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Once Randy Miller tasted Dickey's Barbecue and toured a few stores, he was hooked on the concept. On Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m., Miller will open the newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit in West Virginia in the Clarksburg community. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50.
Friday, radio station 97.9 WKKW will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. One lucky winner will win a $500 gift card. Saturday, the party continues with Dickey's Barbecue Pit merchandise giveaways.
"We felt the area was in need of a good BBQ restaurant," said Miller...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.62 increases 15.7%;Operating earnings before financial services of 15.5% of sales improves 100 basis points;First quarter sales up 6.2%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 17, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the first quarter of 2014.

Sales of $787.5 million increased $45.8 million, or 6.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $15.2 million of acquisition-related sales and $5.9 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 5...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,057,500 (or $.78 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2013.
Earnings growth during the first quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio as well as increased royalties in the franchising business. John Morgan, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We experienced solid growth in our lease portfolio during the quarter, and when coupled with the continued growth in new signed franchise agreements positions us well for long-term success."
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business...

Chem-Dry Signs Master Franchise Deal In India »

April 18, 2014 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

World's #1 Carpet & Rug Cleaning Franchise Continues Rapid Global Expansion
NASHVILLE, TN - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Chem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and rug cleaning franchise, has signed an agreement to expand into India. Chem-Dry is in the midst of its fastest global expansion in more than a decade and is partnering with Regional Master Franchises to expand the brand across India.Chem-Dry's newest master franchisee is Hemendra Shah, based in Chennai in the Tamil Nadu region. "We believe the value for this franchise system in this market place cannot be compared with the value of any other franchise system operating here, whether in this field or any other home services sector," said Shah. "We are excited to be a part of the Chem-Dry family and to bring its superior, healthier cleaning system to people in this region...

European Wax Center Paramus Gives Away Waxing To All Students »

April 18, 2014 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

Paramus, NJ (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - For students, going into the city for professional hair removal is a luxury that’s no longer necessary thanks to European Wax Center. Now, thanks to European Wax Center, every student can receive professional body waxing in Paramus, NJ without having to leave town.
The Student Wax Pass is free for every student with valid student ID, and rewards students with a completely free waxing service once they have bought three full-priced services for body hair removal in Paramus, New Jersey. With such a wide range of affordable waxing services for all, European Wax Center Paramus is proud to be able to help out students of all ages with waxing discounts.
Not content with rewarding students by giving them totally free waxing services, European Wax Center Paramus also helps students out with a range of affordable products that work to save guests money...



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